Summer solstice live stream: How to watch magnificent event at Stonehenge live in 2021
Summer solstice marks the day each year with the longest time between sunrise and sunset. Solstice comes from the Latin words sol, meaning Sun, and sistere, meaning to come to a stop or stand still. It is the day the sun stands still, bathing sun worshippers in all its glory!
When is summer solstice?
The actual solstice itself is the exact moment of time when the Sun is directly over the Tropic of Cancer.
The date varies between June 20 and 22 each year.
This year, it will fall on June 21, 2021, with the exact moment of the solstice occurring at 3.32am UTC (4.42am BST).
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Stonehenge was built in orientation with the sun, with the stones positioned to align with the sunrise on the two annual solstices, summer and winter.
If you stand in just the right spot you will see the sun directly above the Heel Stone, which stands just outside the circle to the northeast.
Each year, hundreds of people usually gather at the sacred space to celebrate the official start of summer.
This year, however, the event has been cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic, with worshippers heading online to watch the event.
English Heritage is ensuring that small, pre-booked groups from the pagan and druid community can gather on the days around the summer solstice to mark the important moment in their calendar.
However, previous years have seen crowds between 7,000 and 30,000 people meet at night to watch the sunrise, so it is not possible to hold the usual celebrations with Covid restrictions.
English Heritage said: “We know that Solstice is important to many of you and we hope that you’ll join us online, for free, to watch the Solstice sunset and sunrise, and we look forward to welcoming you back in person as soon as possible.”
You can also head here to see the remarkable Skyscape site, which shows the skies above the iconic stones each day.
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